Press Releases

April 25, 2012

Udall: Tribal Victims of Domestic Violence Deserve Justice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today called for the swift passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) with provisions to address the crisis of domestic violence in tribal communities. In a speech on the Senate floor, Udall praised VAWA's past effectiveness and outlined the benefits of new provisions that give tribal courts broader jurisdiction to prosecute domestic violence against tribal members. According to the National Congress of American Indians, an esti… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

Udall: Almost $1 Million to Benefit Art Programs in NM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that New Mexico will receive 11 matching grants totaling $946,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support music, theater and visual arts projects across the state. "The arts and humanities not only help us to continue New Mexico's culture and traditions, they also allow us to share new ideas and experiences," said Udall. "The arts are an important driver of our economy and these grants will promote local artists and expose ou… Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

VIDEO: Udall, Fish & Wildlife Director Discuss Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Conservation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) discussed conservation efforts between government agencies and New Mexico's oil and gas, and agricultural industries to protect the habitat of the dunes sagebrush lizard. Testifying at the hearing, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe described how conservation agreements with industry have been working, expressed hope that it would avoid the necessity to list the lizard as an en… Continue Reading


April 20, 2012

N.M. Senators and Rep. Luján Congratulate Alex Wirth on Appointment to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

Santa Fe, NM - New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Representative Ben Ray Luján congratulated Alex Wirth of Santa Fe on his recent appointment to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Education, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At 18, Wirth is the youngest member to be appointed to the Commission. His appointment reflects the current Administration's ongoing commitment to youth engagement here in the U.S. and around the world. "I congratulate Ale… Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Udall Amendment Would Save Six-Day Postal Service

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. Senate considers reform of the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced an amendment that would protect the Postal Service's six-day service, a significant competitive advantage for post offices and an essential service for communities and businesses. Saturday service supports nearly 80,000 jobs nationwide. As currently written, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 would reduce post office service to five days per week in two years. Udall's am… Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Senators Praise Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Conservation Agreements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman today praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Mexico's oil and gas, and agricultural industries for working together to establish agreements to protect the habitat of the dunes sagebrush lizard. In a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife leadership, presented today to Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle, the senators thanked the agency for their work and encouraged the Regional Director to continue to work with stakeholders in the state … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

Udall Questions GSA’s Waste, Fraud in Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today called for the General Services Administration (GSA) to put a stop to systemic waste and abuse within the agency and assure that important projects in New Mexico be completed efficiently and responsibly. Udall questioned GSA officials during a Senate hearing to investigate the mishandling of federal funds by the agency at a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, NV that cost more than $800,000. "A mind reader, sushi, luxury suites-when you are wasting taxp… Continue Reading


April 05, 2012

Fact vs. Fiction: Ending Race Horse Doping

The sport of horseracing showcases the beauty of an iconic American animal. But under the surface, a doping epidemic undermines the safety and integrity of the sport. Often drugged up with painkillers and performance-enhancing substances, race horses are pushed beyond their limits, leading to regular break downs with potentially severe or fatal consequences for both the horses and their riders. Twenty-four horses reportedly die each week at racetracks across America. In 2011, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitf… Continue Reading


March 26, 2012

Senators Announce Bipartisan Coalition Urging Investment in Key Program to Fight Crime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced their participation in a bipartisan coalition of 42 senators supporting continued investment in a crucial tool for law enforcement in the fight against crime. Led by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chuck E. Grassley (R-IA), the coalition penned a letter Friday to Senate Appropriators opposing any additional cuts to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, which helps states and communiti… Continue Reading


March 26, 2012

Udall: Times Investigation Paints Disturbing Picture of Horseracing Industry

WASHINGTON - Following an in-depth report by The New York Times on the state of horseracing in the United States, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement: "The findings uncovered in The New York Times investigation about horseracing in the United States, and New Mexico in particular, paint a very disturbing picture of the industry. "The sport of horseracing which, at its best, showcases the majestic beauty of this animal and the athleticism of jockeys, has reached an alar… Continue Reading


March 21, 2012

Udall Welcomes President Obama to NM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) issued the following statement today welcoming President Obama to Southeast N.M. where he will be highlighting an "all of the above" energy strategy: "I welcome President Obama to New Mexico on his trip to get a first-hand look at the revival of Permian Basin oil production as part of his 'all of the above' energy tour. He picked a good spot because oil production in New Mexico is at a 12-year-high, thanks to new methods and technology, and the U.S. is … Continue Reading


March 21, 2012

Senators Announce New Legislation to Shine Light on Anonymous Campaign Spending

WASHINGTON - Today, as the public continues to see the harmful effects of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision first hand in the Republican primaries, a group of U.S. Senators announced new legislation to address the worst of the problems caused by the decision. The DISCLOSE Act of 2012, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, will help put an end to secretive campaign spending by strengthening disclosure laws. The legislation is sponsored by Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and cosponsored by… Continue Reading


March 16, 2012

Udall: $300,000 for Santa Fe Community College Clean Energy Job Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that Santa Fe Community College will receive $300,000 for environmental workforce development and job training for the second straight year. The funds, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be used to teach job skills to unemployed or underemployed workers from Santa Fe and nearby areas. "With many New Mexicans still out of work, job training programs like this are a great way to learn new skills for a competitive economy," Ud… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that his office is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies for the class of 2017. In a YouTube video for prospective nominees across New Mexico, Udall provided information about the process of applying to an academy. To watch the video and learn more, click here. "One of my duties as United States Senator is nominating outstanding young people from New Mexico to our nation's military service academies," s… Continue Reading


March 13, 2012

Senate Democrats Form Working Group to Craft New Response to Rise of Super PACs and Unlimited Spending by Outside Groups

Senators Have Already Urged Action By IRS, FEC, FCC-Now Planning Legislative Remedy As Well In 2012 Alone, Outside Groups Have Spent $90M Influencing Elections-Many Groups Raise Funds in Unlimited Quantities and Do Not Disclose Donors Working Group Includes Senators Whitehouse, Udall, Shaheen, Merkley, Bennet, and Franken WASHINGTON - A group of Democratic senators announced today they have joined together to craft a new legislative response to blunt the harmful impacts from the Supr… Continue Reading


March 13, 2012

Udall: Contaminated Laguna Mine Proposed for 'Superfund' Cleanup Status

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued a statement today following the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to list the Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine in Cibola County to the National List of Priorities of Superfund sites. Udall, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has been urging the EPA to expedite the cleanup of uranium contamination on Tribal lands in New Mexico. Udall said: "Today EPA is getting serious about the uranium contamination cleanup that the … Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

N.M. Senators Vote to Extend Life of Programs that Provide Millions to New Mexico Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today voted to approve a provision to a transportation bill to extend the life of two programs that provide millions to help New Mexico counties fund roads, schools, National Forest restoration projects, wildfire protection, search and rescue, and other county programs. The amendment reauthorizes for one year the Department of Agriculture's Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program, which will provide nearly $12.3 million… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

NM SENS: Bring Troops Home From Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - In a bipartisan letter from 24 senators, Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today called on the president to bring American combat forces home from Afghanistan. As the Senate considers the 2012 Highway Bill on the floor this week, the senators pointed out that the total dollar amount spent in both Iraq and Afghanistan to datewould provide enough funding to rebuild the American interstate highway system five times over. "We simply cannot afford more years of elevated troop levels in Afghani… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Bingaman & Udall Urge Obama Administration to Find a Way for Cattle to Cross Border Again at Columbus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are urging the Obama administration to find a way for cattle to once again cross the U.S.-Mexico border at the Columbus Port of Entry. Their request comes one day after that cattle gate was closed due to U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to restrict its veterinarians from crossing the border because of safety concerns. New Mexico ranchers purchase "feeder" cattle from Mexico to supplement their herds; additionally, other animals are… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

Udall: $6.6 Million for NM Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced a $6,646,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to install smart grid technology and make improvements to electric generation and transmission facilities in rural northeastern New Mexico and surrounding states. Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc., the recipient of the loan, will use the funding to build and improve 65 miles of distribution lines and make other system improvements, including smart grid technology. "We need to make … Continue Reading

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